Boltonians beat the cold with a tropical fest in the town garage

Sue Ferdinand, of Faces by Ferdinand, donated her time painting faces with exotic tropical flowers.

Tom Brady played guitar for the dinner hour, followed by a local classic-rock group featuring Bill Campbell, Calautti said.

"The Blue Moon Band really got people shakin' their sandals," she said.

Local businesses donating food for the event included Frederick's Restaurant, Cate's Italian Garden, Lakeside Restaurant, and The Ryefield Restaurant, and Palazzo's Pizzeria. Many people prepared and donated food for the event, including Jodi Connelly who concocted savory Caribbean beef stew, Calautti said.

All the partying aside, one highlight of the evening was honoring Bolton Library Director Megan Baker for 30 years of service. She was presented with a celebratory cake as well as proclamations from U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, state Sen. Betty Little, state Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward and others. Ina Monroe, along with Juli Baker - Megan's sister - baked the anniversary cake.

Calautti said she and others throwing the party were thankful for all the volunteer held, which included cooking, set up, and cleanup.

"It was wonderful for the community to get together and have this kind of night," she said. "Everybody was really rockin'."

Megan Baker said she was happy that so many people demonstrated their support for the library.

"The turnout was incredible, and it was an amazing success," she said. "Thanks go to everyone involved."

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